User Review: Wiggy's Super Light
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Weight: 4 lbs.
Price Paid: $166 USD
I ordered a Wiggy Superlight directly from the Wiggy factory a year and a half ago. Immediately upon receipt of the bag, I gave it a shake-up/puff-up to let to loft up to its maximum possible. After a few hours, I came back to measure the loft, but to my dismay it only had half of the specified loft. The Wiggy catalog says it should have 6" of loft, but I got only 3". The bag was a clear case of flat-on-arrival.
I sent the bag back to the Wiggy factory for a replacement and was very promptly shipped a replacement bag. I went through the same routine of checking the loft. This time the loft was at a lofty 3.5" when it should have been 6". Additionally, there were several problems with this replacement bag. First, it was of the wrong size. I bought and returned a regular size, but the Wiggy factory shipped a replacement to me that was a wide body extra large size that weighed a whole pound more than the regular size. Now, this new size weighed a whopping 5 lbs. Secondly, there were countless translucent white flakes clinging to the inside lining of the bag. The tiny white flakes "looked" like skin flakes. It could just be dirt from the factory floor, who knows, but they sure looked like skin flakes. It was pretty gross. I honestly reported all of this on the Backpacker Magazine's Basecamp website and Jerry Wigutow, the owner of Wiggy's, jumped in and accused me of being a liar. I also reported that I didn't like the fact my Wiggy Superlight bag rated to 0 deg. F didn't have a draft collar. Mr. Wiggy then chewed me out publicly. I then promptly returned this defective replacement bag for a full refund.
For the record, I didn't have any problems with getting a refund from him. Both times when I returned the bags, I spoke with a woman who was courteous and pleasant and didn't give me any trouble. Several other people who spoke with Jerry Wigutow personally got the famous Wiggy abuse from him. Also, I returned my bags after someone on the BACKPACKER publicly reported their horror experience with Jerry Wigutow. That might have prompted him to give me an easy refund.
I didn't actually get to use either of the bags in the field. I was dumb enough to order from Wiggy, but I was not dumb enough to use an obviously flat bag and put my life in potential jeopardy in the field. From what I could see, the contruction is crude. He uses a HUGE and mightly heavy zipper on all his bags. It might make sense to use this kind of heavy duty zipper on a -20 deg. bag, but on a 0 deg. or +20 deg. bag, the zipper is way overkill and makes everything too heavy. I believe Wiggy chose this large zipper because he believes that it would glide freely even in Arctic cold conditions, but a 0 deg. bag is not to be used in Arctic conditions. Also, the lack of a draft collar on his bags is in my opinion a serious flaw in design for a 0 deg. bag. Wiggy obviously thinks otherwise. Wiggy doesn't take criticisms kindly.